WWE Talking To TV Networks About Working On New Projects

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Thanks to WWE’s deal with Endeavor, discussions have opened up about future projects with television networks about potential projects.

Earlier this month on the Monday morning after WrestleMania 39, Endeavor announced that they had acquired World Wrestling Entertainment. It will lead to Endeavor merging WWE with UFC, which Endeavor owns, into a powerful entity with the two companies combining to be worth up to $21 billion.

Since the deal, WWE has surged to new highs at $103 on the stock market, which is about 14 points higher than where it was before the Endeavor acquisition was announced. There will be a new company announced under the WWE/UFC merge that will give them a new name on the stock market as well.

It is being reported by PWInsider Elite that since Endeavor acquired World Wrestling Entertainment, there have been renewed discussions between WWE and lots of cable networks about possibly working together.

The report from PWInsider’s Mike Johnson also notes that with Raw & Smackdown television rights fees coming up in October 2014 and negotiations likely starting soon for new deals. With that in mind, World Wrestling Entertainment will want to get its brand in as many potential places as it can.

One of Endeavor’s TV partners with the UFC is sports cable giant ESPN with UFC’s pay-per-view events airing on the ESPN+ premium service. Since Endeavor acquired UFC seven years ago, they have nearly doubled UFC’s revenue and the deal with ESPN is a big reason why.

An example of the sports entertainment giant’s content on other networks would be like what they with A&E where they produce shows like “Biography: Legends” and “WWE Rivals.” There will also be a return of Most Wanted Treasures and WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosting his own show that begins soon.

There also were shows like Total Divas and Total Bellas on E Network in the past as well.